Originally Posted by Trickymissfit
They DID NOT use black powder! gary
Yes Gary, I know the reports say they used fireworks powder emptied from each canister
. I'm just saying that Congress is equating the availability of 50 lb. packages of reload gun powder with the ability to build similar type bombs.
And they say, the fact that anyone can buy this 50 lb. bag of gun powder without going through a background check is something to be reviewed.
I have no idea if this powder can in fact be used for those types of purposes, just wanted to make it known that legislation is being offered to require a background check when buying this powder.
NH store: Boston bombing suspect bought fireworks
"Tamerlan Tsarnaev bought two "Lock and Load" reloadable mortar kits containing 24 shells each.
The amount of gunpowder that could be harvested from the kits — less than a pound and a half — would not have been enough to detonate the Boston bombs, company Vice President William Weimer said, although it's possible some of that powder may have been used.
The absence of colored smoke in the Boston explosions and other special effects powders mixed in with the fireworks' blast powder suggests the bombers sought and used an alternate fuel source, he said.
"My suspicion is they experimented with this, decided they couldn't get enough powder out of them and went to look for another fuel," Weimer said."